Walker: Ice Or Merely Frozen Water
Joe Flacco signed a 6-yr, $120.6 million contract with $52 million guaranteed to remain with the Baltimore Ravens shortly after the SuperBowl. No one really questioned it because Flacco was coming off a SuperBowl run but this past week Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo signed a 6-yr, $108 million extension with $55 million guaranteed, including a $25 million signing bonus. That is a great deal of money considering Tony Romo has one playoff win, but hey as Terrell Owens so famously said and obviously Jerry Jones echoed, “That’s My Quarterback”. I expect that the cash will free flow for the signal callers especially with Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers almost ready to re-up for a new deal but also in that category goes our very own Matt Ryan of the hometown Atlanta Falcons. It is time for this offensive general to sit down at the negotiating table and boy does he have some interesting baseline data to start from.
Let me preface the following by saying I was and to a degree still am a very big Michael Vick follower, especially when he was a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Putting the dogfighting ring and half-hearted effort while he was a Falcon aside, Vick was an incredible athlete that could have potentially redefined the quarterback position. Despite admittedly not doing all he could do to become the best player he could be for the franchise under his reign, the Atlanta Falcons had a great deal of success including reaching an NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia, however that period basically evaporated with all the activity that ensued and after a year with the cowardly coach and a quarterback carousel here comes Matt Ryan, drafted in 2008, number 3 overall. Instant success begins. Ryan leads the Falcons to the playoffs in a year when everyone thought they would be “cellar-dwellers.” Matt Ryan, in 5 full years as Falcons Quarterback has put together impressive statistics; 62.7 completion percentage, 18,957 yards, 127 touchdowns, and the very 1st consecutive winning records in franchise history. Furthermore, Ryan gave the most invaluable item to the Atlanta Falcon Franchise, STABILITY, and that my friends you cannot attach a price tag to and the best has yet to come.
Despite all of these accomplishments for Ryan and the team, he is still taken for granted, especially by some Falcon fans, well I should rephrase, mostly Michael Vick fans that cannot let go. Ultimately I believe the franchise will do what is best for its long-term success but will the contracts of Joe Flacco and Tony Romo become a factor in determining value, I truly do not know, but naturally I am left analyzing and reflecting on where the Atlanta Falcons were versus where they are and that good people is PRICELESS!!
Jamie Walker is a Producer/Blogger for 92.9 The Game and can be followed on Twitter @coachjdub21 or through email at Jamie.Walker@cbsradio.com